Falcon News

Father’s Day Finale

Father’s Day weekend marked the last time any of our 55 Water Street 2015 falcons were sighted at the nest. Only days before, Bama Bari 55 and Candy Queen 55 were exploring all areas of the nest box roof and perch and the setback louvers and drain. Wesley Kate 55 and Harry’s Luck 55 were observed standing for hours on various setback ledges on the North (Emblem) Building. Adele’s Carcasses To Go was down to delivering once a day. No […]

Living on the (L)edge

The falcons are spending less time as a pile in the covered area of the nest lately. They sit individually next to the edge or actually on the (approximately 1 foot wide) ledge adjacent to the nest. All 4 fledglings still sport some white fuzz with their new black feathers. At this point (and the falcons are changing rapidly) the feathers main activity is flapping not flying.

Banded, Named and a Big ID

On Friday 5-29-15 three (3) female and one (1) male falcon fledglings were banded, examined, named, admired and returned to their nest.   Our 55 Water Street Falcons are as follows Adult Female-Y black/9 green both sideways-Adele Adult Male-30 black/AN green-Frank Female Fledgling-31 black/BC green-Candy Queen 55 Female Fledgling- 32 black/BC green-Wesley Kate 1 55 Male Fledgling-09 black/AZ green- Harry’s Luck 55 Female Fledgling-33 black/BC-Bama Bari 55 Thanks to spectacular photos taken by Barbara Saunders of NYDEC the adult male has […]

Visitors to the Nest

Willing Visitor- Another adult falcon was in the nest picking at and eating the kill as Adele was feeding the youngsters. Identity of and if the other falcon brought the kill is unknown. Unwilling Visitor- As an unsuccessful attempt was being made to ID the leg tag on the Willing Visitor; leg tags were easily visible on the soon-to-be-demolished darker yellow ankles of the Unwilling Visitor. Green tag – AU 2015 JEDDS Yellow tag- 0328? These tags traced back to […]


All four young falcons are growing rapidly, no obvious runt in this group. They eat 5 or more times a day, every time Adele brings some headless carcass to the nest they are ready for more. Within the past few days some of the chicks have started “walking”- an unsteady motion more on the elbow than foot accompanied by wing flapping. Chris Nadareski of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled the Leg Banding for the new falcons on […]

Happy Mother’s Day X 4

Between 12 pm and 4:15 pm Friday May 8th (thank you Barbara Saunders, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) and completed by Mother’s Day May 10th, all four of our eggs have hatched. Adele spends her time lying right on top of the white fuzzy wriggly mass of chicks, flying out of the nest to hunt, and returning to feed the babies. All four babies aggressively crane their necks to gain Adele’s attention for more food.

Rumor Has It It’s Adele

We call her Adele; her left leg band is black over green sideways Y over sideways 9. She is definitely the same adult female that nested here last year. Adele was banded on 5-26-06 at the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hopefully identification of the adult male will follow.  

Eyes Wide Shut

  While the capacity to zoom in on the nest has not yet yielded a positive ID of the falcons, it does show what looks like a drowsy bird. As she lies on the eggs, her eyes close for 15 to 30 seconds and then flash open totally attentive and searching. Then her eyes close again. This cycle has been repeating for most of the afternoon.

Four Eggs Over and Over Easy

The larger falcon spends most of her time on the eggs lately. She gently pushes, prods and rolls the eggs slightly when she re-adjusts her position.  If the male shows up at the nest while she is there, they chirp to (at?) each other constantly.

Queue at the Nest

On most days one falcon will cover the eggs for a few hours and then fly off. A few minutes later the mate will come to lie on the eggs. Today as the female was on the eggs, the male stood within an inch of her and waited for his turn to cover. A quick glimpse of three well attended eggs could be seen during the changeover.